Monday, January 18, 2021

Stanisława de Karłowska, (1876-1952), Polish-born British 

"Stanisława de Karłowska was a Polish-born artist, who was married to the Camden Town Group painter Robert Bevan. De Karłowska was the daughter of Aleksander de Karłowski and Paulina z Tuchołków. Her father's family was descended from the Polish nobility (szlachta) and had substantial estates centred on Wszeliwy, near Łowicz, in central Poland. The family had a long history of patriotic activity, and her father had fought with Lajos Kossuth and Józef Bem in the late 1840s. He had also suffered considerable financial loss through the part that he played in the Polish rebellion of 1863. Stanisława had trained as an artist in Cracow prior to enrolling at the Académie Julian in Paris, in 1896. In the following summer she went to Jersey to the wedding of a fellow Polish art student Janina Flamm to Eric Forbes-Robertson. It was here that she met the English artist Robert Bevan. By the end of the year she and Bevan were married in Warsaw. They settled in Swiss Cottage, London. She exhibited with the Women's International Art Club and New English Art Club and both exhibited at the Allied Artists’ Association in 1908. However, being a woman, she was ineligible for membership of either the Fitzroy Street Group or the later Camden Town Group. De Karłowska was a founder member of the London Group and showed with them throughout her life. Her work combined a modernist style with elements of Polish folk art. In March 1910, Huntly Carter said of it…”what S. de Karlowska has to say she tells us lucidly in pure and harmonious colour.” Stanisława had two children, Edith Halina (Mrs Charles Baty) and Robert Alexander (Bevan). Remaining in London after her husband’s death in 1925, she spent the war years in Chester. She travelled to Poland until the late 1930s and would holiday with her daughter's family at Plénauf-Val André in Northern Brittany and at St Nicolas-du-Pelem, further south. Many of her London and Breton paintings can be seen in public collections."

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"The Tug Boat", 1933, by Stanisława de Karłowska, Kirklees Museums and Glleries

"Le Lavoir, St. Nicholas-du-Pelem, Brittany", 1931, by Stanisława de Karłowska, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

"Berkeley Square", ca.1935, by Stanislawa de Karlowska, Tate Britain

"Rocks at Anglesey", 1900, by Stanislawa de Karlowska, Amgueddfa Ctmru, National Museum Wales

"Snow in Russelll Square", ca.1935, by Stanislawa de Karlowska, Birmingham Museums Trust

"The Quay at Binic, Brittany", 1935, by Stanislawa de Karlowska, The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

"Church of the Holy Cross, Cracow", 1926, by Stanislawa de Karlowska, The Hepworth Wkefield

"Fried Fish Shop", ca.1907, by Stanislawa de Karlowska, Tate Britain

"Swiss Cottage", 1914, by Stanislawa de Karlowska, Tate Britain

"Woburn Square", ca.1938, by Stanislawa de Karlowska, Leeds Museums and Galleries

Stanislawa de Karlowska, ca.1900


  1. Lovely! Especially Berkeley Square.

  2. I love "The Tugboat" and "Swiss Village." Very interesting biography since my son and his family are living in Warsaw. I have traveled in Poland quite a bit.